This article covers the hardware and software requirements needed to update from SharePoint 2007 – SharePoint 2010. You must be able to meet these minimum requirements before you can perform an upgrade. If you do not meet these requirements, you can perform a step by step upgrade. Check various, hardware, OS and database requirements before planning a full-scale in-place or remote upgrade.
With the launch of SharePoint 2010, a host of new features and services are readily available to a large number of organizations. Microsoft’s new server not only facilitates key business operations but also gives a new meaning to web access. In order to take full advantage of these features and services, users must be able to meet the resource requirements for successfully completing the upgrade process. In this article, we will take a look at various hardware and software requirements for completely upgrading your SharePoint 2007 server farm to 2010.
As with the latest trend, Microsoft is also pushing its server technologies to harness the power of 64-bit hardware. As announced, SharePoint2010 is a 64-bit server and can only be installed on machines capable of running 64 bit applications.
If you are planning an upgrade, you must have SharePoint2007 server installed on a 64-bit capable machine. If you have a 32-bit machine, you cannot perform an in-place upgrade. You must, then have new machines with appropriate hardware support and then perform upgrades in several steps to complete the process.
Operating System Requirements
Share Point 2010 runs best on 64-bit versions of Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2. If you have windows server 2003 installed on your machine, you can easily update your operating system to Windows Server 2008 provided that you have the necessary hardware support to complete this operation. However, you have sufficient number of licenses to complete this upgrade. If your current hardware does not support 64- bit operations, you can mix your hardware update with server update.
SharePoint 2010 Server requires you to have at least 64-bit SQL Server 2005 SP3 or SQL Server 2008 SP1 installed on your system. If you are running a previous version of the database, you must upgrade your server to meet these requirements. You can use any one of the following versions of SQL server with SharePoint 2010: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Cumulative Update 2, or SQL Server 2005 with SP3 and Cumulative Update 3.
Checks before Upgrading
You can also perform some checks before updating so that there are no errors during the final process.
STSADM.exe –o preupgradecheck
This command checks the server farm for compatibility with the update process. This command lists various hardware components and software applications that are installed on the system. This tool tells you whether the server farm does meet the minimum requirements criteria for upgrade to Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2. Details of web parts, custom components, current features, URL lists, database orphans, invalid configuration settings and other such details are also displayed in the detail.
This information helps you decide what is needed to complete your upgrade process. If you are using any 3rd party tools of software, you must verify their compatibility with 64-bit systems and applications before performing the upgrade.
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